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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 June 2014 (USA)
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When humanity allies with a bounty hunter in pursuit of Optimus Prime, the Autobots turn to a mechanic and his family for help.

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Michael Bay

Writer:

Ehren Kruger
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Cade Yeager
Stanley Tucci ... Joshua Joyce
Kelsey Grammer ... Harold Attinger
Nicola Peltz ... Tessa Yeager
Jack Reynor ... Shane Dyson
Titus Welliver ... James Savoy
Sophia Myles ... Darcy Tirrel
Bingbing Li ... Su Yueming
T.J. Miller ... Lucas Flannery
James Bachman ... Gill Wembley
Thomas Lennon ... Chief of Staff
Charles Parnell ... CIA Director
Erika Fong ... CIA Analyst
Michael Collins ... CIA Analyst
Geng Han ... Convertible Passenger
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After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus Prime. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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This is not war, it's extinction See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Bay is proud of shooting this film in IMAX 3-D, and asserts that it's far better than any post-converted movie. See more »

Goofs

The fight scenes in Hong Kong jump all over the place. In one scene Optimus Prime is fighting simultaneously in different parts of Hong Kong Island (Causeway Bay, Central and Admiralty) and also Kowloon, on the other side of Victoria Harbour. See more »

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[first lines]
Arctic Site Foreman: Oh, shit. Darcy, you really shouldn't have come.
Darcy Tirrel: Show me.
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The Paramount logo is accompanied by a series of robotic sounds. See more »

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Featured in Evolution with Extinction (2014) See more »

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Battle Cry
Written, produced and performed by Imagine Dragons
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It is long, redundant, and and eventually grows numbing, but not without some thrilling special-effects action to go around
29 September 2014 | by Screen_BlitzSee all my reviews

The Transformers have returned, but with just a few new things to the table. One, there are now dinobots, giant robots meant to resemble dinosaurs from the prehistoric age. Two, Shia Labeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are no longer in the picture. This time around, joining the fight between the giant Autobots and the Decepticons in a loud, raging battle is Mark Wahlberg who leads an all-new cast in yet another addition to Michael Bay's box-office crunching franchise. This fourth installment is just about everything you can expect from a Transformers entry by this point, there is sassy-looking sports car morphing into giant metal monsters, there is an alarming amount of explosions, and there is plenty of destruction to large cities. And for the down side, it is all strung together a shallow plot that falls so short of depth, it's barely even there. By the end, it transcends to an accurate representation of Michael Bay repeating the same mistakes that made the previous two installments only marginally entertaining. Set after the events of 'Dark of the Moon', Chicago has been devastated and the United States government has ended their alliance with the Transformers. Things only get for worse for a struggling inventor Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg), a widowed father who comes across an old pickup trick and takes it home in hopes of recreating to an all- new invention to sell and raise money for his 17-year old daughter Tessa's (played by Nicole Peltz) college funds. When the old truck reveals to be Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the FBI holds them hostage, the two along with Cade's business partner Luke (played by T.J Miller) and Tessa's boyfriend Shane (played by Jack Reynor) escape, only to be pulled into a war between the autobots and the decepticons who are in possession of a mysterious weapon that could wipe out mankind.

It is near-endless fun for action junkies, particularly teens, who crave eye-dazzling special effects Michael Bay is widely known for. But for those who go in hoping for a coherent plot and dialogue that even remotely hits the funny bone, that is a dream that goes to die. Returning as screenwriter is Ehren Kruger who once again appears to have trouble cooking up a nicely constructed narrative. The story here falls shallow of surprises and relies on loud, bombastic robot- on-robot action set pieces to keep the narrative moving. This strategy would perhaps be less of a problem if the action was more fun. The robot battling sequences are fun for awhile, but before too long they grow a little numbing. The climatic battle which takes place in downtown city of China marks the prime example of Bay indulging in his trademark fetish for loud, grand-scale destruction with building and cars blown to smithereens. Much of this can be entertaining at times, but the plot however, is barely present. The fate of the world is at stake and the autobots become their line of defense, but there is not much emotional depth or interesting characters to keep things compelling for the unnecessary runtime just shy of three hours. On the plus side, Mark Wahlberg does make a pleasant presence in the lead role as does Stanley Tucci as a corporate CEO resembling Steve Jobs. Nicole Peltz on the other hand, isn't given a whole lot to do than to, like many supporting actresses in the franchise, act as eye candy. Jack Reynor as Peltz's Irish boyfriend is fine, but nothing much to speak of.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is long, redundant sci-fi action showcase that may have a strong visual heft to keep youngsters occupied, but lacks the narrative touch and direction to make it a compelling adventure. This installment is no game changer and grows rather numbing through its run. Do not go in expecting too much surprises, otherwise you will be gravely disappointed.


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27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Transformers 4 See more »

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Budget:

$210,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,038,390, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$245,439,076

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,104,054,072
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